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Webinar: 5 Best Practices for Onsite and Offsite Recovery in Hybrid Environments

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Martin Merrell

Whether a system is virtual or physical shouldn’t matter to your backup and disaster recovery solution. But you need to protect your organization’s systems, applications, and data regardless of where they live.We will share five best practices you should employ to ensure you can always recover from any disaster regardless of your environment or location of your data.

In this webinar, you will learn:

1. Benefits of making frequent backups

2. The best ways to manage your backups so they’re always available

3. Why you should have a BDR device

4. Ingenious ways to replicate your data offsite

5. The necessity of having multiple recovery options   Eliminate downtime and ensure your clients can recover their data anytime, anywhere, from any disaster by utilizing these 5 best practices.

 

 

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Webinar: Microsoft's Advisor Program is Dying.  What Should MSPs Do Next

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, September 29th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Anthony Graziano at SherWeb

Microsoft recently announced important changes to the Online Services Advisor (OSA) program.  Effective October 1, 2016, Microsoft will terminate the recurring portion of the Partner Of Records (POR) incentive for Office 365, Azure and CRM Online.

We will analyze this announcement to demystify the impact for MSPs who are still using this program. We’ll also provide concrete options.

Make sure to join us to learn about:

  • The impact of the announcement for Partners of Record (POR)
  • The CSP program alternatives to sell Office 365, Azure and CRM Online
  • 3 easy tactics to maximize profits in the transition
 

 

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Webinar: Complimentary Consulting Hour: MSP M&A

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, August 25th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Tim Carlsen

No slide deck. No presentation. No agenda. Just the best damn webinar you’ll attend this year! Why? Because we are here to answer your questions and provide advice, complimentary, for an hour on the topic of Managed Services Providers (MSP) thirst and hunger to know more about mergers and acquisitions (M&A). To make this webinar successful, bring your specific questions and scenarios. Feel free to make anonymous to protect your business interests. This 60-mins of free consulting is the great value you will receive all year.
 

 

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MSP M&A "Sell-side" (Part 2)

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, August 18th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Tim Carlsen

In late May, we delivered Part I of our MSP webinar series that you can watch here.   Register below to join us for Part II with an intense focus on the sell-side of MSP mergers and acquisitions. It’s all about positioning the exit to insure you maximize your potential and profit. You have worked very hard to build a real business and it’s essential you attend this community webinar to:
  • Discover how to value your business
  • Preparing for due diligence
  • Creating the big notebook
  • Approaching potential buyers
  • Retaining experts (and avoiding business brokers)
  • Managing expectation about the negotiating phase
  • Separating heart from mind
  • And much more…

     

     

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    Ransomware Security Options for SMB Companies

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, August 11th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Patrick Thompson

    The ransomware body count is rising. In the first 3 months of 2016 over 209 million dollars was paid out by SMB companies. That’s a 30% increase Year over Year. And e-mail continues to be the main culprit. We want to make sure you are equipped with the latest information, technology, and resources to prevent cyber-criminals from kidnapping your customer’s most important asset, their data. We’ll review our best-in-class SMB solutions and the top 3 conversations you must have with your customers.

     

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    3Q2016 MSP Report

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, August 4, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, andKarl Palachuk

    Join Harry Brelsford and Karl Palachuk for this content-rich 60-minute analyst webinar focused on the mid-year “State of the Union” for MSPs, partners, consultants and resellers. Discover what business approaches were trending in the first six months. What numerous surveys are tracking and how you can leverage the finding to make more money. A focus on what industry vendors are doing and how partner programs are changing dramatically in 2016. And of course the normal gossip of who’s in and who’s out. Looking forward, Harry and Karl issue predictions for the second six months of 2016 and offer up a set of best practices. Ample time for audience Q&A.

     


     

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    The Cloud or not the Cloud? Is that really the best question for SME's?

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, July 21st,  2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Xavier Simon

    Ever had to mend the pieces of a broken cloud migration? Was it deployed by third-party IT and in no way fit for its purpose? In this session we’ll discuss how “The Cloud” is all too often used as an excuse to promote solutions that are counter-productive for customers, and we the IT partner end up dealing with the aftermath... Join us to learn how to identify businesses that suit cloud solutions an those that are unlikely to adopt the cloud – and most importantly learn how to demonstrate to customers why a simpler solution, than the cloud, is suitable to meet their growing mobility needs.

     

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    Mastering the Migration Series: Shift those PSTs to the Cloud with Confidence!

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, June 30th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Steve Dagless

    Personal archives - more widely known as PSTs - have long been a support, storage, information governance and eDiscovery nightmare for many enterprises.
    A switch to Microsoft Office 365 - with its large storage capacity, access anywhere service and centralized search and eDiscovery - is the perfect opportunity to eliminate this outdated way of providing a mailbox ‘overspill’ facility.  Migrating PSTs, however, creates some huge headaches - especially in organizations that have many thousands of PSTs - or even an unknown number of PSTs - to deal with .


    By attending this webcast you will hear the many varied issues involved in tackling PSTs, which include tracking them down; understanding what’s inside them; minimizing network impact; avoiding duplicates and ensuring a seamless user experience - all while getting the assurance you need that your mass PST move is being fully tracked and audited, and is in line with your business compliance and data retention remit.

     


     

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    How to Prevent Ransomware and Discourage Data Kidnappers

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, June 23rd , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Martin Merrell, Senior Sales Engineer

    Ransomware is now more than a fad, it’s a business. The best approach to protecting yourself against a ransomware attack is prevention. Learn the steps you can take now to avoid a costly data security nightmare. Discover how really easy it is to recover if you are ever attacked by data kidnappers.

     


     

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    The SMB Security Dilemma

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, June 16th , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Parker Thompson Sr MSP Channel Manager

    As SMB companies are leveraging cloud-based solutions to reduce costs and improve worker productivity, in many instances they opt to go with the embedded security within these SaaS solutions. Unknowingly, your customers could be leaving themselves vulnerable to Darth Vader and the Dark Side. Join this webinar and explore a DLP solution that is specifically designed to augment the security protection for Office 365. More importantly for you, it helps to increase your revenue streams and is incredibly easy to sell.


     


     

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    Wazzup with WaaS?!?!

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, June 9th , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Xavier Simon General Manager at Northbridge Secure

    There is a new As A Service (aaS) in the house and it’s got legs. Workspace as a Service (WaaS) is rapidly fulfilling the VDI promise and the DaaS dream. Learn how engineering advances have added features and functionality, improved security and lowered costs in this mobile computing paradigm. Discover how to turn a user’s device of choice (iPad, iPhone, Android or any PC) into a secure window to their office environment. Need validation? Research WaaS before attended this webinar to see how the big players are supporting the space. But then listen intently to how NetConnect has created an SMB- purpose-built WaaS solution. Bonus: see how it enables next generation enterprise mobility for the SMB.


     


     

     

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    Announcing Small Business Server v.Next! (?)

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, June 2nd , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Stephen Deming

    Bring your customers into the modern age
    Well, not really… The Small Business Server product line has officially been retired. But now that many of the parts of Small Business Server 2011 are moving out of mainstream support, let’s take this opportunity to review everything that made SBS great and what we can offer to bring our SBS customers into the modern age. One of the strengths of SBS was to take the very best technologies and bring them together at an affordable price point. Over the last five years, we’ve see amazing advancement in technologies available to our SMB customers; virtualization, mobility, and cloud. But the number of choices is almost overwhelming. Which are the best? On premises or Cloud? Azure or Office 365? Join us as we explore the technology options and highlight how Windows Server 2012 R2, Office 365, and Azure combine to make a hero solution for:
     
    • Directory Services
    • File and Print
    • Messaging
    • Intranet Web
    • SQL Server
    • Remote Desktop Services
     
    We will include relevant promotions and licensing changes that make this the best time to make a change.

     


     

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    MSP M&A Series: Buy-side + Sell-side explained

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, May 26th , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Tim Carlsen

    Consolidate or Close? MSP Business Strategies for 2H2016

    Earlier this year, in 1Q2016, we held a webinar that surfaced an MSP merger and acquisition conversation. We were overwhelmed with the response and follow-up interchanges. So where back in 2Q2016 to talk about strategic moves you can make in the second part of the year to transform your MSP station in life to something truly impactful. Considering different forms of consolidation is a big topic and we'll do are darnedest to cover it in just one hour. And you'll leave recharged and excited to discover that outright closure is not an option. Buy-side and Sell-side coaching. Plus surprise announcements and a special prize for one lucky attendee!

    This community educational webinar is generously underwritten by Symantec.


     

     

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    Mastering the Migration Series: Shift those PSTs to the Cloud with Confidence!

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, May 19th , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Steve Dagless

    Personal archives - more widely known as PSTs - have long been a support, storage, information governance and eDiscovery nightmare for many enterprises.
    A switch to Microsoft Office 365 - with its large storage capacity, access anywhere service and centralized search and eDiscovery - is the perfect opportunity to eliminate this outdated way of providing a mailbox ‘overspill’ facility.
    Migrating PSTs, however, creates some huge headaches -especially in organizations that have many thousands of PSTs - or even an unknown number of PSTs - to deal with .

    By attending this webcast you will hear how TransVault Insight addresses the many varied issues involved in tackling PSTs, which include tracking them down; understanding what’s inside them; minimizing network impact; avoiding duplicates and ensuring a seamless user experience - all while getting the assurance you need that your mass PST move is being fully tracked and audited, and is in line with your business compliance and data retention remit.


     

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    Beginner's Guide to SSL Certificates

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, May 12th , 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Angelique Pereira

    This is your opportunity to take that first step in “upping” your security game in the SMB technology community. Raise your hand and register for this 60-minutes intense learning session. Keep your notepad open on monitor #2 as you’ll find yourself taking copious notes.

    Discover the following:

    •  What is an SSL Certificate? 
    • How Does SSL Encryption Work?
    • How Do I Know That a Site Has a Valid SSL Certificate?4
    • Where Would I Use an SSL Certificate? 
    • Different Types of SSL Certificate 
    • Tech Talk Made simple

    Join Harry Brelsford and Angelique, a security expert, in this focused and essential webinar.

     


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    Scrutiny Secures Success - Build a Marketing List of Future Customers

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Chris Chase, Founder and CEO of Directive 

    Our webinar takes a look at building and vetting a marketing list, as well as ways to target your marketing toward a contact based on their position in the sales cycle. Attendees of the webinar will learn the value of targeted marketing toward specific types of contacts, how campaign types can be more effective based on position in the sales funnel, and identifying ideal client characteristics for your managed services practice.


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    LEVERAGE MICROSOFT AZURE FOR YOUR OFFICE 365 MIGRATION

    SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Matt Bonetti Chief Technology Officer, TransVault

     

    More and more businesses are now confidently making their move to the Cloud, and looking to take advantage of the many benefits of Microsoft Office 365. Whether you are planning on a direct route to Office 365, or looking to leverage Azure as part of your Cloud strategy, this session will arm you with implementation scenarios, key factors to consider and how to reduce your IT infrastructure costs when migrating an email archive to the Cloud.


     

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    Q1 Update-SMB IT Pro/MSP Market-Liquidate or Accumulate?

    SMB Nation Webinar Friday, Mar 25th, 2016 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Guest

    As Q1 nears its end, what better time to reflect on the SMB channel? Nearly 25% of the year has already passed! Signals abound from the field that results are mixed at best. Weekly I have confidential phone calls with long-time MSPs who are looking to pivot or perish. Analysts vary from bullish to bearish. And how does consolidation factor into all this conversation. Time to dust of the MBA and get down and dirty.


    Before attending this briefing, ask yourself the following. How would you answer the following: A dapper young man approached me at the recently completed Channel Partners event in Las Vegas who was just entering the IT field. He was seeking wisdom on which type of services to offer: IT and/or Telecom. Which makes sense given the make up of the Channel Partners show.
    I’ll survey how you would answer this question and advise this newbie!

    This academic webinar is generously underwritten by HPE and it’s March Madness campaign!


     

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    HPE MicroServer March Madness

    SMB Nation Webinar Thu, Mar 17, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Patrick Houston Managing Editor at SMB Nation, Travis Newton HPE ProLiant Tower Category Manager for the Americas, and Martine Velkeniers Product Marketing Manager Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

    Learn about the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 along with its companion HPE Networking stackable options. This SMB solution is on sale for the month of March – so it’s your own SMB March Madness! More importantly – this is an important “Hello World” from the new HPE. Change is afoot and this is an important check-in to attend from a long-time SMB Nation supporter. Perhaps just the other day your we asking what’s the old HP up to? Here is your answer – it’s HPE and its very serious about its community role.


     

    How Atera tech gives small IT support companies, VAR's & MSPs the ability to compete with the big guys.

    SMB Nation Webinar Thu, Mar 10, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation Gil Pekelman CEO of Atera and Oshri Moyal VP of R&D at Atera

    Discover how to embrace per-technician pricing with ease, efficiency and a redefined set of economics. This born-in-the-cloud solution matches the reality of the new cloud value chain. And learn how you can be up and running within an hour. No extended set-up – just implement the features you need right here, right now! Join us for this exciting webinar!


     

    Windows 10 + Office 365 & Special Topics = Immediate Knowledge Power!

    SMB Nation Webinar Thu, Feb 25, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by:  Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Grant Thompson Founding Partner MG Technology Group

    Join us for Part III of our three-part webinar series focused on Windows 10. In this installment, we direct our expertise to discussing Office 365 integrations with Windows 10 plus a host of special topics that have accumulated over the first two webinars.

    Topics include:
    • Windows 10 with Office 365 is the Azure AD Join
    • Any special reason why you are still using Office 2013 instead of Ofiice 2016?
    • What’s the current state of OneDrive storage with Windows 10 and Office 365?
    • Can you have both a personal and business OneDrive?
    • What is the difference Windows Home and Windows Business SKUs?
    • Windows Media Center was removed form Windows 10. Does Microsoft plan to make it available in any way or is there a workaround to regain that functionality?
    • Is there a Windows 10 Certification exam available yet?
    • What about the Microsoft "snooping" in Windows 10 and other security concerns?
    • Through Virtualization - can I control two simultaneous outgoing audio streams (two disparate audio jacks/cards)
    • And MUCH MORE…

    Also remember since your customers are attending, you can register this event with Microsoft Community Connections and receive giveaway software and materials.


     

    Deploying Windows 10 (part 2 of 3)

    SMB Nation Webinar Wed, Feb 24th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Grant Thompson Founding Partner MG Technology Group

    This session will take you through Windows10 deployment from an outside-looking-in independent expert viewpoint. Needless to say, there are new and updated ways to deploy Windows 10. In this session, we review new recommendations for upgrading existing devices using a simple in-place upgrade process, provisioning tools for transforming new devices into ones ready for enterprise use, as well as updates to traditional deployment tools and techniques (ADK and beyond). We also talk about application compatibility, hardware requirements, and other common deployment questions. Bottom Line: You’ll learn about the new release cycle, Azure AD, upgrade paths and scenarios, dynamic provisioning, and more. And can you really run Windows 10 on a stick? Be sure to invite your customers to show them how the Windows 10 solutions can help them operate more efficiently and empower them to grow their business. Also remember since your customers are attending, you can register this event with Microsoft Community Connections and receive giveaway software and materials.


     

    Ten Killer Features in Windows 10

    SMB Nation Webinar Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

    Presented by:  Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Grant Thompson Founding Partner MG Technology Group

    This session will take you through what’s best in Windows 10. Expert Grant Thompson will filter out the “noise” so customers receive “signal” ad are immediately productive at the end of this one hour investment.

    Discover::

    1. The Start button (Yah!)
    2. Windows Store Apps
    3. Cortana
    4. Edge Browser
    5. Virtual desktops/Task View
    6. Action Center
    7. Core Apps – Revamped and Revised!
    8. Xbox….yes….Xbox!
    9. Continuum (not the RMM company – a touchscreen-ism)
    10. Unified Settings - sorta

    Be sure to invite your customers to show them how the Windows 10 solutions can help them operate more efficiently and empower them to grow their business.

    Also remember since your customers are attending, you can register this event with Microsoft Community Connections and receive giveaway software and materials.


     

    Building a Profitable and Scalable Cloud Business

    SMB Nation Webinar 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT. Fri, Oct 30th, 2015

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Dan Shapero Founder of CLIKCLOUD Digital Marketing

    In today’s ever-changing business landscape, cloud computing is profoundly shifting the way businesses operate. As more SMBs are moving to a cloud-based strategy, new growth opportunities are opening up for channel partners seeking a competitive advantage in the channel. This session will examine the latest trends impacting SMBs and how they present unique opportunities for channel partners.

    Attendees will:

    • Learn how leveraging Office 365, among other best practices can help build a successful cloud business.
    • Gain exclusive IDC research on the latest trends fueling channel success in cloud.
    • Explore how leading Cloud Service Providers are capitalizing on Cloud as a “Door Opener”.
    • Discover ways to recalibrate your sales compensation to support the Cloud business model.
    • Learn about exclusive offers for to help partners implement Microsoft SureStep and Modern Marketing Programs.

     

    Sasquatch + Slack Webinar Series: Hello World! (1 of 3)

    SMB Nation Webinar 10:00 am – 11:00 amd PDT. Thu, October 15, 2015

    Presented by:  Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Grace Schroeder CEO of Idea2.com

    Join the Queen of Lean as she introduces Sasquatch, the Slack companion application that transforms chat into workflow. In this introductory session, you will discover how you can use Sasquatch + Slack to run your MSP and CSP. Read more at http://idea2.com/sasquatch-slack. More importantly, you will learn about Slack and why it is the fastest growing enterprise software on the planet. Yes – you too can be a Sasquatch Slack Consultant to your SMB customers as a new service -- and it's easier More...than you think. Join this story-telling session to learn how Barry and Bonnie learn how to pivot their internal MSP and CSP operations using the dynamic duo -- Sasquatch + Slack.

    Webinar Series
    #1: How Barry and Bonnie transform their customer experience with Sasquatch + Slack
    #2: Adding Sasquatch + Slack to your services portfolio
    #3: Sasquatch + Slack custom solutions

    Hosted by Grace Schroeder. CEO of Idea2.com
    "Product/marketing professional with expertise in product launch and sales management systems in Financial Services and Telecommunications industries. Grace is now the CEO of Idea2 LTD, a business that builds custom CRM applications with an emphasis on third party application integrations. Competing with “out of the box” CRM solutions like Salesforce, Idea2’s custom cloud platforms are built 10x faster and at a fraction of the cost of custom development. With this, companies are able to connect their core platforms with current and future third party apps. Idea2 combines all of the elements of a developer platform, custom applications, and harmonious integrations that efficiently share data and workflow."

    + Harry Brelsford (you already know him!)


     

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    The Rise of Cloud Vertical-ization

    SMB Nation Webinar 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT. Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Scott Paul of AppRiver

    Join us for an informative session about how resellers can increase revenues by bringing together turnkey solutions for customers in heavily regulated vertical markets.
    As platforms continue to mature, and more organizations are drawn to the financial and management benefits, cloud is spurring interest from even those industries that have been hesitant. Think of those most beset with regulation, compliance and privacy: banking & finance, healthcare, legal, and others. As an IT pro, have you defined specific cloud service offerings for the vertical markets you serve? Organizations need help navigating the security and compliance hurdles they face, and cloud service providers are delivering more features, certifications and tools to help them. Managed service providers who bring these needs and resources together to create well-defined, compelling packages that are easy to implement are delivering real innovation and value.


     

    Myth Busters: Debunking the Myths of DaaS and Its Providers

    SMB Nation Webinar 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT. Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Presented by:  Harry Brelsford CEO of SMB Nation and Scott Markley Channel Sales Executive of nGenx

    Companies across the world have deployed Desktop as a Service, supporting their workers with a simple, secure and highly accessible workspace solution. Yet, there is still so much confusion about DaaS: what it includes, how it is deployed, and how MSPs, VARS and telecos can add DaaS to their product line as a very profitable part of their business. Join us for an hour-long session when Scott Markley of nGenx, a pioneer of DaaS, will bust the biggest myths surrounding DaaS. And, show you how your business can profitably expand into the cloud.


     

    Using An Expert System to Generate High-Quality Leads

    SMB Nation Webinar 12-1 p.m. August 13, 2015

    Presented by:  Harry Brelsford and Patrick Houston

    Lead generation in the average organization might resemble this: Marketing professionals feed high-quality leads to sales, and sales professionals "sell" into the customer opportunity and close the deal. At the top of the sales process, procuring leads is vital to success.
    But many MSPs and CSPs are not naturally skilled at lead generation. We're offering this week's academic webinar, " Using an expert system to generate high-quality leads for MSPs and CSPs, " so you can discover how to use a newly-launched natural language expert system to acquire leads by lending your expertise to answer client questions.
    You'll see by just engaging in behavior you already know well, providing advice, you can accumulate high-quality customer leads to convert to client. We'll also give you the tools to capitalize on the customer trend of self-research so that you can shorten the sales cycle dramatically. This is a community endeavor led by Pat Houston, former editor-in-chief at CNET and now on-board at SMB Nation.
    This is not a "how to make a million in your sleep" scheme, but rather a sophisticated business model you should devote an hour to learning more about. Forward!


     

    Obstacles to Small Business adoption of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software

    August 6th 10:00-11:00 am PST

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and David is co-founder and CEO of attachedapps

    Small businesses don’t typically adopt Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems – surveys show they mostly use other means to track contacts, sales opportunities and manage their customer relationships. However, these other methods aren’t engineered to deliver the same value as a dedicated CRM system. This presentation will look into the reasons that small businesses may not consider CRM and how Partners can help their small business clients better understand the value of adopting CRM in its various forms. We will also explore how this knowledge can be useful to a trusted IT partner for qualifying and selling CRM to your clients, particularly since email platforms like Office 365 can be so closely tied to customer relationships. This webinar welcomes perspective from all CRM partners and is not product-specific.


     

    Lync… Skype… Skype for Business… What’s the difference and WHY should we care?

    When Microsoft announced the rebranding of Lync and the introduction of Skype for Business, something very pivotal happened. The entire community of users, and partners who represent Microsoft services, was impacted. This change is much more than a new name. It represents a blurring of personal and business communication tools and creates an ecosystem around which new companies are created and revenue is generated. Join us to learn how Skype for Business can change the way you communicate or, even more exciting, grow your business.
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT


     

    An Exclusive Look at Windows 10: Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and guests

    We are pleased to announce today we are working with Microsoft and Windows10Update.com to conduct a pilot preview tour in five U.S. cities during June 2015. Join us on this webinar as we describe the tour, the Windows 10 opportunity, and answer all your questions.


     

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    OK – Lync Sucked – Should You Trust Skype for Business?

    As part of our independent community ombudsman role at O365nation, we can candidly espouse that Lync was a Vista, no? So keeping with our “invest forward” mantra, join us for peek at what is under the covers with the new Skype for Business. We will show you how it compares to our old frienime, Lync, and how it breaks the mold from anything seen to date. But, don’t tune in for that…. You need to tune in to learn how Skype for Business can have a positive impact on your business with proper planning and execution. We will cover delta improvements including (but not limited to):

    • New look and feel
    • Call from Skype for Business using your desk phone for audio
    • Integration with the Skype directory
    • Call Monitor
    • Rate My Call
    • Quick access to call controls
    • Emoticons

    Join unified communications (UC) expert Greg Plum and Harry Brelsford as they bury Lync and grant Office 365 citizenship to Skype for Business. And we’ll answer the proverbial question: Is Microsoft really a telecom player yet?


     

    Quarterly Briefing: “Independent” Office 365 Updates and Analysis

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and guests

    Join us for this impactful and informative quarterly briefing hosted by Office 365 Nation (O365nation) that delivers specific news you can use to keep abreast of the Office 365 platform. This webinar is for MSPs, Consultants and Partners.

    You will:

    • Hear the latest Office 365 numbers
    • Discover the latest Office 365 chatter and gossip (layoffs in July at MSFT?)
    • Why is Office 365 emerging as a platform
    • Who are the Top 25 Office 365 Influencers in the World and why you should care?
    • Who are the latest ISVs to build Office 365-specific solutions?
    • Question and Answer session

    Hosted by O365nation founder Harry Brelsford and includes special guests including one big surprise.


     

    Using apps to generate more revenue from Office 365

    Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and Dave Waldrop, President, attachedapps

    This session will help partners understand how the software industry is evolving to adapt to the app model, and how they can quickly and easily take advantage of it so add more revenue to their Office 365 solutions.


     

    Common Issues With Reselling Hosted Phone Systems

    Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:00-11:30 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and Barrett Adams, CEO, SoundLine Communications

    Attaching your name to a certain hosted phone system product can be risky. Will the pricing be fair? Will the customer service department work as hard as you? Will the features your client expects be available? What happens when the internet goes out and will your client prepared? What if there are QoS issues?

    This webinar will will give examples of these issues and how SoundLine Communications makes upgrading to a hosted phone simple and worry free.


     

    Year of the Migration: What You Gonna Do and How You Gonna Do it?

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 11:00-11:30 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc. and Karl Palachuk, President, SmallBizThoughts

    As you know – the animal kingdom naturally migrates to geographies where the lifestyle opportunities are greatest. Witness coyotes migrating down form the mountains to drink water out of pools in Santa Barbara California given the severe regional drought. Join us for this life-changing webinar and be the migration animal that lives inside you. The academic webinar will lay it out for you. You will learn what the migration opportunities are over the next year: W2k3 Server EOS, Office 365, Win10. Hosted by Harry Brelsford, the main speaker is Karl “Mr. Migration” Palachuk who will provide the high-level migration mindset you need to assure success. His popular Network Migration Manual will be featured and you will also discover additional opportunities to interact with Karl in the future.

    One of our top webinars for 2015. Be there!


     

    Introducing THE 2015 Fall Conference

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:00-11:30 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Business transformation is an understatement in technology in 2015. THE Fall Conference provides the annual meeting place for the IT pros and MSPs to connect with like-minded professionals such as yourself with the best providers, advisors, and peers the industry has to offer. Technically, this is the 13th year of this event with each year being different in a relevant way. We connect advice seekers with advice givers. Most importantly, we allow you to get all the face time that can be so difficult to get today.

    Why Attend? To better yourself as an IT Pro seeking increased knowledge of Office 365, Azure and Windows 10. The organizers strive to provide a dynamic agenda that is both focused and in depth.


     

    Increasing Profitability and Sales Velocity Through Migration Project Automation

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Francis Cohen, Account Executive, SkyKick, and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    As the cloud has evolved to be a worldwide consumer offering, small to mid-sized business who are fit for the cloud still have their doubts about moving their critical email system off premise. The real question is why do they fear the cloud? Is it because of where their data is stored? Or is it because they haven’t been provided the facts about the “why, where, and how’s” of the cloud migration process. This is where a streamlined deployment plan comes to shine, to help partners provide their clients with the information and sense of comfort they need to make the critical decisions to go to the cloud.

    In this series of the SMB Nation Weekly Webinar, we will explore how some of world’s top SMB partners have increased their profitability, market share, sales velocities, and referral base by relying upon SkyKick, your partner in highly profitable and time saving migration brand Viagra automation. SkyKick’s award winning migration suites offers a robust platform that IT providers can standardize their migration programs upon. SkyKick offers a new category of migration software called Migration Project Automation - designed to help IT providers manage all the details of a project from sales to Outlook setup. The technology is designed to address the wide variety of migration scenarios that exist across the SMB and Enterprise landscapes. The result? Reduced time and risk. A seamless migration project. Happy customers.


     

    Defining the O365 Managed Services Paradigm

    Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Brian Hamel, Co-Founder/CEO, Nuvolex and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Small Business Server is dead and Microsoft is laser focused on moving everything to the cloud. IT Services Providers must find a way to profitably deliver and manage their customers’ cloud services, or be left behind. Today the focus is on migrations from on-prem to Office 365. Tomorrow morning you have to manage and administer your multiple customer’s Office 365 sites. Learn how partners can easily manage any number of O365 tenants & users from a single UI – highly automated, incredibly intuitive, very powerful. This can be done literally with clicks of a button. There’s no need for O365 expert administrators, or need to create complex PowerShell scripts. Whether you’re managing only a handful of tenants & users or have to manage very large volumes of both, discover how this can be handled with ease. And do it with a rich feature set of admin functions, along with O365 reporting, auditing role based administration, white label capability, multi-language support – and we’re just getting started in defining the Office 365 Managed Services paradigm. Bottom line: deliver O365 managed services very profitably using Nuvolex. Attend this webinar to discover how!


     

    The Office 365 Revenue Opportunity

    Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Scott Paul, Strategic Accounts Executive - Microsoft, AppRiver and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    With Office 365 here to stay, partners want to know the best strategies for maximizing revenue from their cloud services practice. Join AppRiver to learn how IT pros are profiting from the Microsoft cloud.


     

    The Easiest Way to Office 365

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Jensen Cunningham, Operations Specialist, SkyKick and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Moving a business to Office 365 is no small task. IT providers need a more holistic approach to move their customers to Office 365. SkyKick offers a new category of migration software called Migration Project Automation - designed to help IT providers manage all the details of a project from sales to Outlook setup. The technology is designed to address the wide variety of migration scenarios that exist across the SMB and Enterprise landscapes. The result? Reduced time and risk. A seamless migration project. Happy customers.


     

    How to make money with attachedapps

    Thursday, February 5, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Dave Waldrop, President and Director, attachedapps, Sylvia Grabner, Customer and Partner Service, attachedapps and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Come learn how you can easily attach revenue to your Office 365 sales with attachedapps! attachedapps are powerfully simple apps that enable partners to easily add more value and revenue to their Office 365 and Exchange customers. We will be following up on previous webinars and live events by give you an in-depth look at attachedapps, including a live demo, and providing an early look at new features that are going to be launched soon. We will also discuss how other partners are using attachedapps and our plans for evolving the partner program.


     

    You're Just a Click Away from Growing your Knowledge on Office 365!

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Join this informative webinar to learn about SMB Nation's independent, one-day seminar: O365 Tour 2015, coming to a city near you!

    With Office 365 being the fastest growing Microsoft corporate product to date, O365 Nation is offering a one day workshop to help you grow your knowledge and your business.


     

    The Easiest Way to Office 365

    Thursday, January 8, 2015 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: A.J. Briant, SMB Account Executive, SkyKick and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Moving a business to Office 365 is no small task. IT providers need a more holistic approach to move their customers to Office 365. SkyKick offers a new category of migration software called Migration Project Automation - designed to help IT providers manage all the details of a project from sales to Outlook setup. The technology is designed to address the wide variety of migration scenarios that exist across the SMB and Enterprise landscapes. The result? Reduced time and risk. A seamless migration project. Happy customers.


     

    The “S” Word Explored – Office 365 Webinar

    Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Renan Salunga, Technical Product Engineer, TrendMicro and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Let’s face it. You can’t get away from this conversation. It’s the “S” word: SECURITY and is consistently a leading objection to the use of Office 365. Time to hit this one head-on and call out the elephant in the room. This educational webinar, generously underwritten by Trend Micro, will arm you with the facts concerning security in an Office 365 world. New research will be presented (points to external resources). And you’ll discover threat management approaches along the way. Plus a wee bit of humor to liven things up (Q: What do you do if the Internet goes down? A: Go fishing!)


     

    Why Base Hitters Outperform Home Run Hitters – MSP Secret #5

    Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    With the end of the year here, it’s time to get strategic for 2015. Learn how top MSPs aren’t “A” students, but just consistently show up and suit up. In this 60-min webinar, Harry Brelsford shares another MSP secret that insures you will be consistently and predictably profitable. It’s a not about home runs and doubling your MSP revenues overnight. It’s about deploying this one reliable method that guarantees quarter-over-quarter double-digit growth regardless of your geography. And that’s all we’re going to say here. You simply have to attend this webinar to learn MSP Secret #5. One lucky US attendee will qualify to win one OOMA commercial phone system valued at over $250! If you only attend one more webinar this year – this is the one to ensure continued (make that greater) success in 2015.


     

    Myths and realities of data protection and office 365

    Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Carlo Tapia, Marketing Coordinator, efolder and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Data loss is a reality, even in the cloud. With the rapid migration to cloud applications such as Office 365, can your clients afford the risk of data loss with their cloud data? Join eFolder Marketing Coordinator, Carlo Tapia, as he discusses the myths and realities of data retention in cloud based applications such as Office 365, Google Apps, Box, and Salesforce. In addition, the folks from eFolder will explore how to add backup, search and restore the applications you are already managing. With additional layers of cloud-to-cloud backup, partners can drive higher recurring revenue and profits. We will answer your questions live about the technology, solutions and business opportunities of cloud data protection.


     

    Understanding the Major Shortcoming of Windows 10 and How it Can Increase Your Bottom Line

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Neil Minetto, Director of Marketing, Laplink and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Windows 10 will be release in late 2015. Microsoft has severely deprecated the functionality of Windows Easy Transfer and users need a new solution. PCmover is the ONLY way to move users to a new Windows 10 PC and even allows full application selectivity and automatic reinstall with no need to find old install media. Every attendee will get 3 free copies of PCmover when they sign up to be a Laplink Partner here.


     

    The Windows Server 2003 Opportunity: All Paths Lead to Success

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Bill Hersh, D&H Distributing and Harry Brelsford, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Over the next several months, the SMB VAR community has the single largest network infrastructure upgrade opportunity that we have ever had. We also have the broadest array of high-value options for our customers to move to, from upgraded on premise installations to all-cloud implementations and all manner of options in between. Please join Bill Hersh, Solutions Coordinator with D&H Distributing, as he reviews many of these options and the high value that they offer for different customers


     

    Webinar: SBS Part 3 WS2003 and migrating customers to a Hybrid Cloud IT services solution

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Rhett Ryder, Zynstra, Jeff Ponts, TelcoMSP, and Harry Brelsford, SMB Nation

    This is the 3rd and final webinar in the series presented together with Harry on finding the best solution for your customers who are still running on premise servers with SBS and/or WS2003. After several trips around the world, Harry identified the unique Zynstra Hybrid Cloud IT Appliance as having all the key attributes of a complete SBS “generation 3.0” solution, and the opportunity of moving these customers forward with an on-premises Enterprise Class IT solution at an SMB price. Furthermore, Harry liked that the Zynstra enables the IT partner to offer the complete solution “as a service” cloud managed by Zynstra and backed up of site into Azure.

    Zynstra presented at the recent SMBNation Fall event and was extremely well received with many partners already bidding and winning projects based on the Zynstra solution and approach. To help our US partners further, Zynstra teamed with a unique US distributor TelcoMSP who have a vision to deliver an exciting MSP ecosystem to support the partner, whether purchasing the Zynstra solution, help with financing options, marketing, billing, telecoms connectivity or software integration to 3rd parties; everything you might need to be more successful quicker.

    Working with Zynstra and TelcoMSP, we firmly believe you can offer a great Hybrid Cloud IT solution to all your customers, not just those on SBS/WS2003, and in the process deliver a services model to increase profitability, reduce your workload and increase your enterprise value.

    If you could not make the SMBNation event, then don’t miss this special webinar, covering:

    • Migrating customers from SBS/WS2003 to on-premises Hybrid Cloud IT as a service
    • Using Office365 discussions to migrate to a Hybrid Cloud IT solution
    • Meeting this challenge and much more with the Zynstra solution
    • The TelcoMSP advantages and increasing your enterprise value

    Learn how to make 2015 your key business transition year.


     

    Maybe You're Ready, Maybe You're Not?

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Ken Thoreson, Acumen Management Group, Keith Lubner, Channel Consulting Corp, and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    Our premise is simple: IT Partners do not have the opportunity to consult with others about the challenges of their jobs, seek advice, or gain motivation when needed. Our interactive online learning environment is designed for IT management professionals who wish to learn, cooperate and succeed by sharing their experiences and holding each other accountable. Our web based programs are designed for technology based solution providers and to provide the necessary tools, ideas, and concepts to boost your business.

    You are invited to a special event to learn how to make 2015 your best year ever.

    Maybe you are ready for the next level! If you face sales, marketing and/or business management challenges in growing your business it’s time to invest in your success! Invest 45 minutes to learn how other partners are enjoying success.
    We are offering three distinct pathways:

    • Board of Advisors: Accelerate your Cloud and Mobility Practice
    • Board of Advisors: Business Acceleration Program
    • Board of Advisors: Sales and Marketing Acceleration Program

    How are we different from older traditional groups? Join us for this webinar to find out!


     

    Make More Money from Office 365

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Dave Waldrop, President, attachedapps and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    Trying to figure out how to adopt, and take advantage of the market transition to Office 365? Join us for this webinar where Harry and Dave Waldrop, a Microsoft SMB veteran, will discuss the benefits of the Office 365 transition, market opportunity, and the doors it can open for SMB partners. Topics to discuss include:

    • How Office 365 is changing the SMB world and opening up new opportunities
    • How partners can earn money by adding apps and services to Office 365
    • attachedapps product
    • Preferred Partner Program

    Join us on Thursday, Oct. 16th to discuss this hot topic!

    To see our previous webinar introducing attachedapps, click here.

     

    PowerShell – Level 200-300

    Friday, October 10, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Grant Thompson, Solutions Architect, MG Technology Group and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    In this session Grant Thompson, Solutions Architect at MG Technology Group, will dive deep into PowerShell, do several PowerShell demos and provide an interactive Q&A.

    • PowerShell Remoting
    • Signing PowerShell Scripts
    • PowerShell for Windows, Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory…
    • Deep Dive into PowerShell functionality (Demos)
    • Interactive Q&A

    For a Level 100-200 session please review the recording of last month’s session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qq6KWIuCbo


     

    Add more value to (and get more revenue from) your Office 365 customers. First 25 registrants receive a $200 discount for SMB Nation Fall

    Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Dave Waldrop, attachedapps and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    Learn how to generate incremental revenue while increasing the level of service to your customers with attachedapps. attachedapps offers a powerful yet lightweight solution for SMB customers’ biggest pain point of effectively winning, delighting and growing their customer base. A complete offering that no one else provides today, attachedapps are easy to install, “attach” to Office 365 and run on Azure.

    In this webinar, we will cover:

    • The market opportunity for adding apps to Office 365
    • How attachedapps addresses those opportunities
    • A demo of attachedapps, including our free and premium, subscription-based apps
    • How partners can easily customize the apps and build services revenues around the apps
    • How to get started

    Join us on Thursday to learn how to start generating more revenue and make your customers happy. The first 25 registrants to sign up will receive a $200 discount on the SMB Nation Fall Conference if you haven’t already registered so sign up now!


     

     

    TwoVieHub: The Fast Track to Mobile Apps

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Bob Nitrio, Ranvest Associates and Harry Brelsford, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Join Bob Nitrio in a presentation of a Two-Way, Real-Time Communication App. Learn about the three types of mobile apps available.


     

    Pizza Webinar: Discover the Carbonite Appliance HT10

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: David Maffei ,VP of Global Channel Sales, Carbonite, Inc., Rachel Cafarella, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Carbonite, Inc., and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    The cloud has become the go-to technology for a number of companies large and small looking for a simple yet effective data recovery solution. Some situations, however, call for fast, almost-instant data recovery that can only be found in an on-site offering. In this Channel Expert Hour webcast, Carbonite offers a first-hand look at the Carbonite Appliance HT10, a hybrid solution that combines the speed of on-site data recovery with the security of cloud integration to provide powerful protection at an affordable price. You’ll learn:

    • How a hybrid solution is the only solution that offers both speed and security.
    • Why the HT10 appliance is an ideal data recovery solution for all customers.
    • Ways solution providers can start making money immediately with the HT10, available only through channel partners as part of Carbonite’s channel-first evolution.

    This is a pizza webinar. We will be scheduling deliveries at NOON LOCAL TIME on the day of the event to registrants/attendees within a Domino's pizza delivery area in the US only. Please be sure to enter address information if you'd like to receive a pizza. Due to the nature of our delivery, we cannot guarantee a pizza to anyone who registers after 24 hours before the event. If for any reason Domino's cannot deliver to you, we will let you know before the event.


     

    Pizza Webinar: Announcing the Enhanced Carbonite Partner Program

    Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: David Maffei, VP, Global Channel Sales, Carbonite and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    Carbonite is very excited to announce its new Partner Program designed to help you differentiate yourself from your competitors and provide you with the programs and tools to make the most of every sales opportunity. As we evolve our channel first strategy, we set out to re-design the partner program to help support and grow both our respective businesses. Join us to learn more about new:

    - Product discounts and financial incentives
    - Sales and marketing resources
    - Demo products
    - Online training Register today to reserve your spot!

    Pizzas will be delivered at noon local time to US residents within a Domino's delivery area. Please note that all Pizza topping requests must be received by July 30, 2014 to be eligible for delivery. Topping requests can be made through the webinar registration form linked above.


     

    PC Deployments: How to Reduce Time and Improve Productivity During Large Deployment Projects

    Thursday, July 23, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Thomas Koll and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    The webinar looks at the common complaints and errors during PC deployments and suggests easy ways to reduce the deployment time by using automated tools that create time, money and go-to-market advantages.


     

    The New SBS Part 3: Grow your own versus solution approach...

    Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:00-2:00 PM PDT

    Presented by: Rhett Ryder, VP Business Development, Zynstra and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    Webinar to review update from Harry on final leg of his world tour regarding SBS/WS03 migration plus an update on the Zynstra SBS/WS03 Migration and Hybrid Cloud IT product identified in SBS II. Hear how the Zynstra product has been stacking up against the “build your own” versus product approach. Hear what progress has been made and what has been the typical feedback or concerns from the SMB Partner community and how they have been addressed. Plus take part in an open discussion on what the SMB Partner Community would like to 1. ask of Microsoft at the forthcoming World Partner event to help further in this area.


     

    Top Ways SMB IT Pros Use IT Assessments To Score

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:00 AM -12:00 PM PDT

    Presented by: Mark Winter, RapidFire Tools and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    This is a special encore performance of a special webinar exclusively for members of the SMB Nation Tribe. During this live event we reveal the top ways that successful IT service professionals and MSPs use IT assessments throughout the client lifecycle to improve your business -- everything from helping to close new business, to delivering new services, to expanding your existing client relationships. After the educational component, there will be a brief demo of Network Detective, the affordable tool that makes comprehensive IT assessments fast and easy for thousands of SMB IT service pros The session will conclude early enough to field questions from the audience. Register now, even if you're not sure you can attend. All registrants who can't make it to the live event will be sent a link with the recording of the event.


     

    Announcing the Office 365 Nation Conference!

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    What if you could turn back time to attend the first SMB Nation in September 2003, right before the launch of SBS 2003? So many people have said “I wish I had been there!” This is your opportunity to be there at the start. Whereas SBS took over 14+ years to sell a million installations, Office 365 is selling two (2) licenses per minute and is the fast growing product I Microsoft history. Learn how our 12th annual Fall conference will dive deeply into the technical and business conversations surrounding all aspects of Office 365. Also included are on-premises server installations + Office 365 so there is something for your inner Server babysitter to benefit from (LOL). Worked up about the “Honey – I shrunk my paycheck” syndrome? Well the Fall conference offers money makers and booty shakers to make you $$$ whole with Office 365. The choice is yours. Lead. Follow. Or get out of the way. Don’t miss on this Office 365 Nation preview to THE FALL CONFERENCE (September 26-28, Microsoft Redmond).


     

    Hungry for new business? Take one BITE with a FREE Business IT Evaluation tool

    Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Scott Martell, VP Business Development, PC Pitstop, Corey Munson, Director of Marketing, PC Pitstop and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation

    Join us to learn how PC Matic MSP can optimize endpoint performance for your clients...all while building a new recurring revenue stream.

    ... get immediate access to a FREE tool that will help you identify new business opportunities and maximize your profitability.


     

    PowerShell – Level 100-200

    Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Grant Thompson, Solutions Architect, MG Technology Group

    In this session Grant Thompson, Solutions Architect at MG Technology Group, will cover PowerShell basics, do several PowerShell demos and provide an interactive Q&A.

    • Top 3 reasons to learn PowerShell
    • Brief PowerShell Overview
    • What can I do with it?
    • Where can I get it?
    • What are some good/great resources for training?
    • Low-Mid Level Dive into PowerShell functionality (Demos)
    • Interactive Q&A

    A second Level 200-300 Deep Dive session will also be held on August 21, 2014!



     

    Executing the Project Scope

    Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Karl Palachuk, President, Great Little Book Publishing Company

    Join SMB author and coach Karl Palachuk for the second of two companion webinars on project management. In this webinar, Karl shows how to use the project scope to manage client expectations, employee labor, and the project itself. Project management in the small business space should be simpler than most of us make it. Karl takes us step by step through the management and execution of a successful project. This includes an outline of using your PSA ticketing system to properly manage a project.

    Did you miss Part I of Karl's Webinar Series? Catch it here!


     

    The Risk and Opportunities Associated With HIPAA Compliance For IT Professionals

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:00 AM-12:00 PM PDT

    Presented by: Mike Semel and the RapidFire Tools Team

    If you have any clients in the medical or health arena -- or even have clients like accountants, lawyers or other firms that provide services to healthcare organizations -- all of these entities are required by law to have a specialized annual IT Security Risk Assessment performed.


    In fact, YOUR IT services business might be subject to the same new HIPAA regulations, which were just updated last year.
    This webinar is designed to expressly for IT Service Providers and MSPs who want to better understand the IT requirements of HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


    As part of this webinar noted HIPAA expert Mike Semel will provide an overview of the HIPAA law as it applies to IT service providers, and also discuss the risk of doing nothing, as well as the tremendous opportunity to expand your service offerings and generate more revenue.


    Then, RapidFire Tools lead developer, Win Pham, will demonstrate the just-released HIPAA Compliance module for Network Detective and demonstrate how it seamlessly combines network and computer data gathered by the data collectors, along with the personal observations you make and information collected through client interviews and surveys.
    We will also go through each of the required HIPAA documents that can be automatically generated by the tool, and discuss how you can use this module to generate meaningful revenue while offering better protection to your clients, and yourself, against potential fines.


    Even if you can't attend this event live, please register if you are at all interested in the topic, and we will send you a link to the recorded session within 24 hours after the event is over.


     

    UPDATE: The Next SBS Part II

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:00-10:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Nick East, CEO, Zynstra and Rhett Ryder, VP Business Development, Zynstra

    Two months ago we hosted the first “Next SBS” webinar soliciting community input. Since that time, we have been very busy.

    SMB Nation has traveled over 100,000 miles around the world hosting “Get Modern” workshops in 15+ countries with top SMB IT Pros seeking additional feedback. We have looked at different business models including angel investors, the popular Kickstarter (crowdfunding platform) and other alternatives. We have talked to each major OEM along with Microsoft and Intel about our proposition.

    In this webinar, we have important updates to share with you. We are forming a community cooperative to bring a server-side SBS-like solution to market in the second half of 2014. We are seeking selected top performing SMB IT Pro to join our advisory starting in in late May. We’re all in this together. Get in on the ground floor with the new SMB Nation – a transactional community. It’s not lost on us (and you) that the Windows server 2003 end-of-support deadline is July, 2015. And by any count – there are over two million Windows Server 2003 machines globally – of which Small Business Server 2003 makes up a significant share.

    There will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions and contribute during this presentation. After a short update presentation, we’ll open it up for community conversations. Don’t miss this important webinar as we pivot the community to a SBS next generation solution.


     

    Ken Shaw, Infrascale CEO, Shares His Vision for Cloud Data Protection & Cloud Filesharing

    Thursday, 8, 2014 10:00-11:00 AM PDT

    Presented by: Ken Shaw, Jr., Founder and CEO, Infrascale and Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation, Inc.

    Spend 45 minutes with Ken Shaw Jr., Founder and CEO of Infrascale. Ken will cover the company and will detail our award-winning suite of cloud-based data protection tools designed specifically for MSPs and resellers.


     

     

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